Sun Protection Products

Your first-line of defense against the harmful effects of sun exposure.

Ultraviolet, Visible and Infrared Rays Penetrate Through Multiple Layers of Skin1,2


  • Wavelengths span 280 nm to 315 nm1
  • Inflicts more potential damage in superficial epidermal layers but may penetrate to the dermis1,3


  • A primary cause of skin reddening and sunburn3
  • A factor in the development of skin cancer3
  • Contributes to photoaging3


  • Wavelengths reach between 315 nm and 400 nm1
  • Rays are consistently intense throughout daylight hours, regardless of season or cloud cover3
  • Radiation penetrates dermis, deeper than UVB1,3
  • Delivers about 95% of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface3


  • Accelerates photoaging effects4
    —Poor skin tone
  • Damages keratinocytes, thereby contributing to the development of skin cancer3


  • Near IR wavelengths are between 780 nm and 1400 nm1
  • Manifested as heat on the skin’s surface5
  • Penetrates deeper than UVA and UVB rays, reaching the subcutaneous layer of skin1
  • Accounts for about half of all solar energy reaching the skin6


  • Associated with loss of skin elasticity7
  • Induces production of free radicals5
  • Combined with UV rays, shown to inflict cumulative damage7

Daily Sun Protection Is Essential to Help Preserve Skin Health

The Importance of Sunscreen Composition

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily use of sunscreens that provide8:

  • Broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or greater
    —SPF indicates the duration of protection against UVB rays vs not using a sunscreen3
  • Water resistance

Different Ingredients Provide a Range of Benefits

  • Minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide deflect solar radiation9
  • Chemicals such as octyl methoxycinnamate or oxybenzone absorb UV radiation and disperse it as heat9
  • Newer technologies address infrared radiation by helping to buffer the skin from the heat-derived oxidation process4,10


References: 1. Laser bio-effects. US Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Web site. Updated September 10, 2015. Accessed September 15, 2015. 2. PHYCOCORAIL: the bioceramic thermic shield. Presentation BM-Slides PHYCOCORAILGB-02-28102013. OMP, Inc. Data on file. 3. Understanding UVA and UVB. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site. September 15, 2015. 4.Samuels L. The truth about sunscreen and effective patient education. Pract Dermatol. March 2011:27-32. 5. Darvin ME, Haag S, Meinke M, Zastrow L, Sterry W, Lademann J. Radical production by infrared A irradiation in human tissue. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010;23(1):40-46. 6.Schroeder P, Calles C, Benesova T, Macaluso F, Krutmann J. Photoprotection beyond ultraviolet radiation—effective sun protection has to include protection against infrared A radiation-induced skin damage. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010;23(1):15-17. 7. Kligman LH. Intensification of ultraviolet-induced dermal damage by infrared radiation. Arch Dermatol Res. 1982;272(3-4):229-238. 8. Sunscreen FAQs. American Academy of Dermatology Web site. September 15, 2015. 9. How does sunscreen work? Library of Congress Web site. September 15, 2015. 10. Cho S, Lee MJ, Kim MS, et al. Infrared plus visible light and heat from natural sunlight participate in the expression of MMPs and type I procollagen as well as infiltration of inflammatory cell in human skin invivo. J Dermatol Sci. 2008;50(2):123-133.